Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion, Coin from Burundi - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion, Coin from Burundi
CoinSilver Ounce 2015 African Lion

The Burundian Franc was introduced as the currency of Buundi in 1964. Apart from its regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue coins under its jurisdiction, which come in a variety of sizes - including in the internationally popular silver ounce (1 oz silver) format, denominated usually as 5,000 Francs. Like any bullion coin though, their actual value is unrelated to the face value, and is based primarily on the metal content and the spot price of that metal on the commodities markets.

This coin is the first edition in the African Lion series which features a new design every year, and is issued for various countries.

The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is a social species, forming groups called prides. A lion's pride consists of a few adult males, related females, and cubs. Groups of female lions usually hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator; although some lions scavenge when opportunities occur and have been known to hunt humans, the species typically does not actively seek out and prey on humans.

The lion inhabits grasslands, savannas and shrublands. During the Neolithic period, the lion ranged throughout Africa and Eurasia from Southeast Europe to India, but it has been reduced to fragmented populations in sub-Saharan Africa and one population in western India.

One of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture, the lion has been extensively depicted in sculptures and paintings, on national flags, and in contemporary films and literature. Lions have been kept in menageries since the time of the Roman Empire and have been a key species sought for exhibition in zoological gardens across the world since the late 18th century. Cultural depictions of lions were prominent in Ancient Egypt, and depictions have occurred in virtually all ancient and medieval cultures in the lion's historic and current range.

MintSunshine Minting Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 52,000
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Obverse
Burundi / Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion - obverse photo

Within a plain rim, the obverse of the coin features at its centre a lion's head facing the viewer.

On a ribbon below, the country's motto UNITÉ TRAVAIL PROGRÈS ("Unity, Work, Progress").

Around above, the name of the country in English, and the date of issue: REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI 2015.

Around below, the face value followed by the precious metal content: ~5000 Francs ~ 1 oz 999 Silver ~ (five thousand Burundian Francs, one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Obverse Inscription REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI 2015 ~5000 Francs ~ 1 oz 999 Silver ~
Reverse
Burundi / Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion - reverse photo

The reverse shows an African lion and lioness resting in the savanna.

Above, on two lines the inscription AFRICAN LION 2015.

Reverse Inscription AFRICAN LION 2015
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Notes

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in protective capsule, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Mintage includes 50,000 "plain" bullion coin, plus varieties.

See also

Coins in the African Lion series include:
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Burundi 2015
- 1 kg Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 10 oz Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 5 oz Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Congo (Republic of) 2016
- 1 kg Silver, African Lion, Chad 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Chad 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Niue 2017
- 1 oz Silver, African Lion, Chad 2018

Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Reverse
Mintage Issued: 500 (included in total)
Variety Gilded
Mintage Issued: 500 (included in total)
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 1,000 (included in total)
All (1) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
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Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion: Details
CountryBurundi
CurrencyBurundian Franc
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2015
Face Value5000 (x Franc)
Total Mintage52,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationCoin Alignment (Axis 6)
Size38.4300 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-PBJN-EVRB
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Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion: Photo 2015 Burundi 1 oz Silver African Lion (BU) / thumbnail 2015 Burundi 1 oz Silver African Lion (BU)
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Silver Ounce 2015 African Lion: Photo 2015 Burundi 1 oz Silver African Lion (BU) / thumbnail 2015 Burundi 1 oz Silver African Lion (BU)
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